Published March 05, 2021
By KEA YENGST
With her final year of high school coming to an untraditional conclusion, senior Emily Valdez has been able to grow fond of new passions while also reflecting on her time as an athlete for Carmel High School and beyond.
Despite transferring from Sacred Heart School in Salinas to the Carmel Unified School district at an early age, Valdez is no stranger to the Carmel area, especially with her array of family members who are also locals.
“Almost all of my family lives in this area, mainly cousins, aunts and uncles,” Valdez says. “Seeing the last name ‘Valdez’ is definitely no rare occurrence around Carmel.”
In addition to a passion for film and production, the senior has also had a lifelong passion for the game of softball. Starting at the age of 9, the softball player made the all-star level during her first season in Pre-Rookie and later had the opportunity to play for the Junior Olympics in San Diego. She was able to get the best of both worlds by playing as an outfielder for varsity on weekend tournaments and playing for junior varsity for local games. Within no time, the outfielder was playing on the varsity team full time.
Valdez has applied to many in-state colleges and universities, including California State University, Monterey Bay; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and many other institutions. The aspiring film major has recently been accepted to Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange, California, and has recently taken up activities such as hiking, playing guitar and running.